London: Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on his new signing Park Chu-Young by claiming that the Korean star is capable of shining in every single attacking position.
Park, who joined Arsenal in a late spending spree from recently relegated French outfit Monaco, is well known for his dynamism as an all-round striker but considering that he hasn’t been tested in the Premier League prior to this, Wenger’s decision was certainly a risky one.
Subsequently, questions were raised regarding his decision to swoop for the Korean but Wenger is absolutely confident that the 26 year-old’s versatility up front would prove to be a great asset for the Gunners this season.
“Park is good in every area,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “He is good in the air, good technically, he is mobile and that’s why he is an adaptable striker who can play up front behind the striker.
“That’s why we went for him. What I like with him is that he is very mobile and that’s the basis of our game.”
With the success of Park Ji-Sung at Manchester United being a testament to what Asians have to offer, Arsenal`s Park could be a major coup if he turns out to be a revelation.
Nevertheless, Wenger certainly has an idea of what Asians are capable of achieving, having spent a successful stint in Japan, while managing Nagoya Grampus.
“Asian culture, usually, is well suited to team sports,” he said.
“Their culture is very collective and once they get the technical level they are very at ease in a sport where, in England, you need commitment, focus and team attitude. Their culture is well suited to that.”
Park is expected to make his Arsenal debut when they take on Shrewsbury in the League Cup clash tonight.
Wenger added: "There is an also opportunity to see Park for the first time."